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After many months of sales, price matching's and a **** ton of patience I have finally built my (current) dream RIG for a price that even I sometime have doubts. At first I was going solely for raw power and specs but as I kept shopping around for deals I decided to at least include the glowing LED's. All the parts were purchased brand new because as this was my first build I wanted to make sure that everything worked and contained some sort of warranty. So that is how I purchased everything on the exclusion of the few $0.00 amount items which I won at various events. As this is my work computer and my entertainment machine I got everything I needed all at once webcam, headset, speakers, even those error internal on board speakers in case I did screw up the build some way.

Some will say that 750w PSU is to little for my overclocked build which has a CPU at 4.7Ghz and both the GPU's at 1384Mhz, but as this was the last item I was buying I bit into the sale price because I have yet to find a cheap and amazing quality 850W PSU, but so far I have only reached 645W usage on my build under max load so I'll probably just stick with it.

I did not want a giant full tower because as seen from the images my desk is not as big as I want it to be so I went with a mid and this did cause me to have a few issues installing the H100i GTX cooler as because my motherboard is so big and has a huge top-side heat sink I had to squeeze the radiator in and even drill new holes in the metal mesh so I can attach it. It is a bit tight in there thus air flow is important especially because of the blower designed GPUs so I decided to go with Noctua's because I am a silence freak (especially when working). So the 2x 120mm NF-p12's went on the radiator because the cooler master ones are extremely loud, 2x NF-p14's went on the side panel to provide fresh air to the GPU's and the last one went as a intake to the front. The case already had a 140mm in the front and a 120mm as exhaust which were very quiet so I just left those and saved myself a few more bucks.

Overall the one complaint I had over this case is the cable management for so many components was extremely hard to manage and as there isn't as much room between the back panel and the back of the case I organized and fit as much as I could in there but still had a few cables sticking out because they were too thick and made the back panel bulge a little and I did not want to apply that much pressure to the cables. If I could go back and re do this I would have probably took the 500r case or something close to it, but for the price I got my 300r I not to sad. In fact I'm very surprised at how spacious it actually is for it's tiny size.

Anyways, a $1500 budget isn't exactly what you would call cheap build but I decided to do it still as a graduating from university gift to myself, and it sure is a good gift. Also because with these prices I would have to be blind to not build a RIG, especially since I been using my MSI ge620 laptop for the past 6-ish years on the only gt540m mobile GPU. So it was definitely was a time for an upgrade.

In the future I will probably get a second monitor (most likely IPS 1080p) once they drop to $50 on sales and place it where the PS3 is currently and move the PS3 to where my tablet usually is (the PS3 is also connected to my monitor and the speakers also I can switch between PC and PS3 with a click of a button).

This was my first build so I took my time with it and made sure everything was put together and running as it should, I have already stress tested everything and it passed so I decided to publish it to you guys. My final saying is this is the evidence that deals are possible as long as you hold your finger of the trigger UNLESS you are 150% sure it will never be that low again...also time and lots of internet stalking XD.

I am open for questions, comment or concerns for those that have some if not I hope you at least enjoyed the few pics of my set up. Warning they are potato iPhone 5 quality.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

These prices are a bit ridiculous. Where did you get these deals and when?

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Everywhere. Microcenter, online, Fry's, Best Buy, Office Depot, Radio Shack. Took a while though.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never seen anywhere offer those low prices. The 980's, the 4790k, and all the storage. Please tell me exactly how you got those?!??!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

please read my other comments, other people as well as myself explained this already.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I did and I visited microcenter.com and found your secrets lol... I'm going to do the same thing you did, stalk all deals and attack them when the time comes. Take a look at my build, it's gonna cost about $950 (I always start builds cheap and upgrade them).

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck, it ain't as easy as buying everything all at once but you can do it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Let me guess, you got the two 980s from that Microcenter walk-in deal that happened a few days ago :p

I tried to get it pricematched at other places, didn't work though :c

Amazing deal hunting skills indeed, this build is gonna be marked as one of my favorites. Bravo, you deserve it my deal hunting friend.

+1!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes sir, until now I was not using the PC but waiting for the deals to finish it.

Yeah I was lucky to get them and pretty stoacked.

Haha thanks, good to know that someone loves my build as much as I do. :) good luck in your future deal encounters and never give up.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I pay decent attention to microcenter deals (I live near a store) but didn't see anything like this.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The 980 sale at Microcenter for $250 was all over Reddit. I live near a Microcenter as well. I tried to walk in and pick up one or two, but they were already sold out hours after the deal started. I tried another Microcenter near me with no luck as well. I tried price matching at Office Max, Best Buy, Office Depot, and Staples with no luck either. Best Buy actually threatened to call the police on me and called me a scammer. He should consider himself lucky for getting his hand on two.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I was one of the few first people to get it, I was a very very happy deal hunter that day.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

hey, that's the way to do it my friend. I don't use reddit myself. I build by waiting on deals as well.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Reddit definetly helped me.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Best of luck my friend.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

was it listed in ads? I don't wish to harp on this I'm just major bummed I didn't even know.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

You and me both man. I don't entirely remember where the sale was listed. All I know is that it was listed on Microcenter's website for a very short period of time. I have a friend in Ohio that was able to get Office Max to price match for him. Other than that, I personally know no one who was able to get one.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Coworker went to staples and they pricematched it... he also said he was ordering 5. About 3 days later they canceled his order and said they couldn't do it but would sell him a similar item for the same... he ended up getting 2 SCs for about 235$ each. Honestly staples just hosed themselves... but his original intention was to keep 1 or 2 and flip the others online for 400 a piece.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

If I could find a 980 for $250 without buying used, I'd have 4 by now.

I don't like the case but that's just me. Going $25-$50 for a case is something that can be justified since it will be what you look at the entire time.

Then again, you can always swap it out once you find a better deal or get some more money.

But to rebuild is not always fun.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah sadly limit was 1 per customer for the new GTX 980's so I had to leave the store after buying one and then came back later once the shifts changed and got another one.

That is about a $80 case I just got it new for very cheap, and I got it because it is small compact and has everything I need. It's just when I initially started buying I did not think I would get these deals...of these amazing parts so never considered the cable management as much until it was a bit late.

Yeah I'm done for now, I like the practicality and the small size of it, so not complaining.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you are a fellow Seahawks fan.

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

Is it really that easy to notice XD Hahah yeah this season will be ours

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Putting that poster next to the computer is a bad idea..higher chance that the computer will stop running ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it did PASS the tests, as long as it keeps that up I think we'll be fine.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The 300R is an awesome case! i love mine, great cable management options and clean.

Nice build!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It definetly an amazing case but when you have an overwhelming amount of cables there is definetly better case options. Like in my case if I used a basic Asus z97 mono which has only 2 connectors of power rather than 4 as on the MSI Mpower. Just that already means I have 2 extra very thick cables to manage. Add the sli and the drives, then other connectors and it becomes kind of a hassle. Still doable though as I managed to do it just took much more work than it should have. But I love it

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

wow very crouded, smart decision with the side intakes btw

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, definetly helps as it helps supply fresh air to the gpus which is also helping take air out of the system. And the 140mm are big enough for good dispersion too.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build dont even know how you got all of that for 1.5k..

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Lots of sale stalking over the course of 6 months.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good build! I don't understand how you can sit on your chair waiting for deals thats maybe not even come, and that is meant to be impossible. As I said, very good build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't sit on my chair, I just have elerts on my phone. I have work so as soon as it happens I know about it and see if they are worth it or not. Only thing I camped the PC for was the week the CPUs were flashing on and of on Staples but I was sick that week so didn't have anything hung to do anyways. The key to the build was patience.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

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I don't believe those prices though. That CPU is literally 3x cheaper than what it costs ANYWHERE in the EU. Even used. Anyone who sells those new products at less than half the retail price isn't making any money. Unless I see receipts I don't believe you got stuff that cheaply. Maybe the GPUs on some price-match deal but not the other stuff.

Table needs an upgrade next.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah price matching band the sales are real. Visit /r/buildapcsales heck even another person in this comment section said he knew about the deal and tried to get the same deal but was just unlucky.

Yeah waiting for the back to school sales so I can upgrade that as well.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job getting stuff at that price, not a huge fan of the case but I suppose it is functional

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, it does the job.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the ridiculous prices

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

$150 for a i7-4970k?, $250 for a GTX 980? Can I plan a trip to your planet?

I follow prices religiously and those deals would have popped up on the tech deal sites.

Not saying they aren't real (maybe) but if you are going to say you are getting a $350 CPU for $150, give us a sentence or two on how you accomplished that feat. Driving back and forth from Best Buy and Office Depot doesn't sound right to me.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The 980 was, from what my coworker told me, a special email deal from Microcenter that didn't show up on their website otherwise (trust me, I looked). 150$ for a 4970k is crazy to be sure, I had my girlfriend pick one up for me on a recent trip out of town and it was 250 for their in store deal, but hey could be crazier things happening out there!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I explained it in 2 of my other comments to a few other people but I wouldn't hurt to help you as well.

GPU: few days a ago microcenter was doing clearance sale on them for $236+tax, and it was one of the largest posts on /r/buildapcsales.

CPU: Back in May-ish frys had a 1 day clearance sale on the cpu for $220-ish (don't remember the exact number) So I went to staples when the CPU was flashing on and off and price matched it. Then I used the $50 off a $200 or more purchase and and top of that bought another $25 off $75 or more purchase. Then I used both of those coupons in store and with tax the CPU came out to be $150.

Those things do get to tech cites, but the deals expire before many people know about them, so I would recommend reddits /r/buildapcsale as that is usually the first place you will see them and then everyone else copies it to their pages.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great finds, and while I don't care for the case (or the perfs you have) that's still a great buy for performance. If only Microcenter wasn't 3 hours and change away...

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, honestly for these deals 3 hours isn't as much as it sounds.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say that too, as does my senior admin, but finding time to drive 3 hours down, 3 hours back, and the half hour you'd spend at the store... you'd have to have a free weekend for that 6-7 hour trip. Online classes eat up most of my free time, and girlfriend the rest. Thinking about it... it seems like a waste that I got a FTW 970 for 300$ and only have time to play hearthstone on it. =p

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I might have a solution for you, Eat admin, Online Girlfriend, Eat Class. sUREly that time saved can add up to 6 peaceful hours, right?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Surely it would! I'm good with my current stuff, I'll finish adding the final touches and getting the new cables in it this week and will be happy with it. Next build I'll have more time/money/attention to try and watch for microcenter sales and make a trip down there. Doing a full build by watching and waiting for sales though... I can't say I call trip down there every weekend a fun weekend either =p

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Just set up phone notifications, that's what I did I have work so if weren't for my phone I wouldn't have any of these items.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you remember where you bought the cpu for that price?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Staples, price matched frys 1 day sale and then used the -$50 off 200 or more purchase coupon thing they had back in My I think.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing Build! Super cool and you got some pretty awesome parts and setup.

But you should definitely do yourself a favor and all of us and get a bigger desk. That desk is just a gang bang of awesome tech gear and it would be a lot more comfortable and less of an eye sore to hide all those cables and spread your stuff out. +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

haha yeah back to school sales are staring soon so I will be getting a new desk then. But with so much stuff I will have a hard time hiding cables anywhere.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to see another Microsoft Surface fan too! This machine is INSANE considering it's like, almost twice what mine is for pretty much the same price. Bravo!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, I love the surface. very good for school.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

So you managed to win a free copy of Windows 8.1 Pro, some Noctuas, and some Razer Stuff? Where?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Win 8.1 is free because I was a student at a university. Razer was league and BF3 tournaments. Noctua was a local enthusiasts meet up thing.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Through DreamWorks I assume?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

nah I bribed the Sales Wizard with sexual favors,...I mean yes DreamWorks...

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

wow damn good deal on the i7 proccessor, wow even amazing deal on the gtx 980 lol

1+ for amazing patience n awesome build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks. you can do it too, good luck.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Those cables tho

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow...I'm amazed at the prices you got. You definitely were hunting them down.

Awesome build! The SLI 980s are money and you didn't pay that much for them. I wish I had the patience like you and would have gotten some better deals on my build.

Great job!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks

yeah i was stocked to get the 980's at those prices =)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy mother of cheesus crust.... Those prices for the parts are crazy. I went on microcenter just now and the prices that they make the processors are crazy. I'm happy I ran into this computer build good job.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha Thanks man. Hopefully this inspired someone to deal hunt as well. :)

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks. Being rich and impatient are t my strongest features.

Yeah the 3 noctuas 140mm won at a local PC builders drawing and the razer from gaming tournaments.

It's ok I'm sure you have your own bonuses.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I have a fully modular but every cable was used because 4 for GPU's, 4 for Mobo, then peripherals, etc. Plus the sata cables, the fans ...it all adds up quickly.

Wouldn't that be a compliment, especially since it possesses an element of surprise. Starts small and then rises to it's full glory.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That would have definitely made more sense...especially since that's what I thought it was supposed to say.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't matter, it's like a fart joke. They are old but at times still funny because you know.. farts.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

pfft :)

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